IM celebrates senior athletes
By RON DEUTER
IRON MOUNTAIN – Iron Mountain High School senior Abby Gerhard is headed to Silver Lake College (Manitowoc, Wis.) next fall, where she plans to continue her basketball career.
Following the 54th Annual Mountaineer Boosters Awards Ceremony Wednesday evening, the cost of her first year just decreased dramatically.
Gerhard took home two scholarships at the ceremony honoring Iron Mountain senior athletes held inside the Mountaineer gymnasium. Silver Lake head basketball coach Mike Flentje was on hand to present Gerhard with a $3,000 scholarship, and she was later named the female recipient of the Izzo-Mariucci Student-Athlete Scholarship worth $5,000.
Luke Zambon joined Gerhard in receiving the Izzo-Mariucci Student-Athlete Scholarship. Both Gerhard and Zambon were also named MVPs in multiple sports. Zambon was named MVP for basketball and co-MVP in boys track and field. Gerhard took MVP in volleyball and co-MVP in girls track and field. She also earned a Coach’s Choice Award in basketball.
Katelynn Johnson and Max Frorenza received Iron Mountain’s highest athletic honor, as they were named recipients of the prestigious Pat Izzo Memorial Award.
The accolade, created in honor of the 1961 graduate who was tragically killed in a car crash, is bestowed on a male and female student-athlete who represent the best of Iron Mountain athletics both on and off the court. Johnson and Frorenza were selected by a vote of coaches.
Johnson also garnered MVP accolades in basketball and golf, while Frorenza was selected soccer MVP.
Other multiple MVP winners included Dan Kulas (cross country, track), Tony Ward (hockey, golf) and Taylor Huotari (football, tennis).
Prior to recognition of Iron Mountain’s senior athletes, Superintendent Tom Jayne took a moment to honor departing Booster Club president John Roberts for his commitment and service. Roberts served in the Booster Club for 21 years, including the past eight as president. A plaque honoring Roberts will be mounted at Mountaineer Stadium in the fall.
MVP awards follow:
FOOTBALL – Taylor Huotari (MVP), Paul Brooks (Most Valuable Back), Zach Haber (Most Valuable Lineman).
BOYS SKIING – Nick Cecconi.
GIRLS SKIING – Camille Cory.
BOYS BOWLING – Al Tomassoni.
GIRLS BOWLING – Emily Elmer.
BOYS SOCCER – Max Frorenza.
GIRLS SOCCER – Kari Sanford.
BOYS TRACK – Luke Zambon, Dan Kulas.
GIRLS TRACK – Abby Gerhard, Hailey LaFleur.
VOLLEYBALL – Abby Gerhard.
BOYS SWIMMING – Keith Holmes.
GIRLS SWIMMING – Maria Pirkola.
BOYS BASKETBALL – Luke Zambon (MVP), Paul Brooks (Hustle Award).
GIRLS BASKETBALL – Katelynn Johnson (MVP), Morgan Bujold (Best Attitude), Abby Gerhard (Coach’s Choice), Sarah Pirkola (Most Courageous/Comeback Player).
BOYS TENNIS – Taylor Huotari.
GIRLS TENNIS – Lauren March.
CHEER – Sienna Mendina, Cassandra Secinaro.
BOYS GOLF – Tony Ward.
GIRLS GOLF – Katelynn Johnson.
CROSS COUNTRY – Dan Kulas.
HOCKEY – Tony Ward.
WRESTLING – Tanner Chouinard.